The Buffalo Bills announced that they’ve hired Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane as their new general manager.
We have our GM. Brandon Beane has been named the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills! pic.twitter.com/z81rG3mp8N
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) May 9, 2017
“During our search for a new General Manager, Brandon stood out to Kim and I as he embodies the type of leader and type of person we want in our organization,” Bills Owner/CEO Terry Pegula in a team statement. “Brandon has excelled in a variety of roles for a Panthers team that has consistently competed at a high level in this league.
“We feel his vast understanding and experience in many facets of football operations will be valuable to our club moving forward.
“We believe his vision for the Buffalo Bills combined with his detailed approach will help build a foundation for sustained success.”
Reports have connected Beane to the Bills for months now as the guy to watch to replace Doug Whaley.
Beane was the first candidate to interview with the Bills and recently had a follow meeting with the team. Beyond that, he worked with new Bills HC Sean McDermott in Carolina, so there is an obvious relationship to work with moving forward.
Buffalo has stressed that they wanted to have a better functioning team between the coaching staff and front office and this moves would seem to fit that strategy.
The Bills have also interviewed Texans director of player personnel Brian Gaine, Eagles college scouting director Trey Brown and Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst for the position.